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What is wrong with an outdoor summer in Ireland?

By Felix Vanden Borre / June 11, 2021

The Summer holidays are nearing and the weather is getting better. Restrictions are progressively lifting and a subtle sense of normalcy is establishing itself. This return to a “normal” life involves the Irish government’s maxim of this summer being essentially “outdoors”. In the cities too, the virtues of an outdoor summer in Ireland had been […]

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The History of the Irish Wolfhound

By Felix Vanden Borre / May 31, 2021

The Irish Wolfhound is an emblem of Irish culture and native Irish fauna. It is, on average, the biggest dog breed in the world, with males standing at roughly 32-34 inches at the shoulder, which makes them bigger than Great Danes and the like. Their enormous stature and hunting prowess made them popular across Eurasia, […]

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Minimum Unit Pricing in Ireland: Its meaning and implications

By Felix Vanden Borre / May 24, 2021

Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) refers to a floor price – the minimum cost at which a product can legally be sold – targeting cheap alcohol. Ireland is looking at implementing this new price minimum as early as January 2022, as it has already been passed into legislation. What exactly does it entail, and how is […]

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David Norris and Civil Rights: The Fight’s History and Legacy

By Felix Vanden Borre / May 21, 2021

Born in 1944 in Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo), Senator David Norris is arguably the face of civil rights movements in Ireland. Norris was the first openly gay person elected to the Irish Senate, but the path he walked throughout his life was arduous. For years, Norris campaigned in favour of legal reforms […]

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The 6 Best Walks in and around Dublin

By Felix Vanden Borre / May 13, 2021

On 10 May, the travel limit, which had been in place across Ireland since Christmas, was lifted. With intercounty travel now officially permitted and the summer nearing, it is time to go outside and get some fresh air after months of lockdown. In this article are some of the best walks and hikes in and […]

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Pandemic Experiences of International Students in Dublin

By Felix Vanden Borre / May 9, 2021

      Ireland has been virtually locked down for more than 14 months due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly every part of society has been impacted in one way or another – some have fallen terribly sick, others have lost their jobs or, like wet pubs, have been unable to open due to government regulations […]

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An introduction to 9 of Dublin’s best writers, old and new

By Felix Vanden Borre / May 6, 2021

Recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature since 2010, Dublin has produced its share of successful writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets. The city’s rich literary heritage can be seen in its museums such as the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) and the Dublin’s Writers Museum, its many independent bookshops, and conventions such as the International […]